One of the most stylish of Lisbon's icons is the gazebo-like kiosks. They're located in squares, parks and close to transport hubs all over the city. The original kiosks date back to the 19th century and explain the Art Noveau styling of the oldest cabins. Inspired by the kiosks found in Paris Lisbon's first kiosk opened in Rossio Square in 1869. Their use became popular and kiosks spread rapidly throughout the city. They served wine by the glass, beer and traditional refreshments. Eventually, they also offered snacks, such as fried fish and cod fillets, which fed the dock workers. Later they also began to attract the middle class and the elite, who gathered in the main squares and gardens.
Lisbon's quiosques became obsolete and fell into disrepair during the mid 20th century. The Salazar regime discouraged public gathering and conversation. Today they're enjoying a revival, thanks in part, to Catarina Portas, a Lisboeta, former journalist and entrepreneur who started a campaign to breathe new life into this city icons. Some old wrought iron kiosks were renovated and sit in their original locations. Others are replicas utilising 19th-century designs.
The Miradouro das Portas do Sol viewpoint stands on the summit of a hill lies a feast for the eyes and your camera, overlooking east over the red-tiled houses of the Alfama district below. On the opposite hill, you can see the São Vicente de Fora monastery and the St. Vincent Monastery, from where the landscape cascades down to the river Tejo where berthed cruise ships await. This balcony is overlooked by the statue of Lisbon's patron saint St. Vincent who is clutching a boat and two ravens, the heraldic symbols of the city.
The Quiosque Portas do Sol is probably one of the picturesque kiosks in Lisbon and tends to be very busy throughout the day. They serve a selection of fruit juices, beers, wine, cocktails and coffee, that is freshly brewed. They also offer a range of wraps if you're feeling peckish. | 737 12E, 28E
Daily: 09h00 – 00h00
Largo Portas do Sol, Lisboa, 1100-411, Portugal. | 38° 42' 43.8 N | 09° 07' 48.7" W
+351 213 958 329 | Website
The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara terrace offers one of the best panoramas over Lisbon overlooking the Baixa district. On the opposite hill is the Alfama and Lisbon's castle. Here is a wonderfully manicured garden complete with a water fountain, busts of heroes and gods from antiquity, such as Minerva and Ulysses. The terrace is located close to the top of the Gloria Funicular and is one of the most frequented of Lisbon's viewpoints.
Here too you will find a welcomed little kiosk café, ideal to rest tired feet, enjoy a cold one and take in the breathtaking view. The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is a great place to start your trip to Lisbon and find your bearings. There is a useful map pinpointing the noteworthy landmarks. When the sun is setting the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara becomes a romantic destination for couples. After dark, especially on weekends, the viewpoint takes on a party atmosphere. | 202, 758, 773, 24E
Sunday – Thursday: 10h00 – 21h00, Friday & Saturday: 10h00 – 02h00
Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, Lisboa, 1200-470, Portugal | 38° 42' 55.1" N | 09° 08' 39.4" W
Ribeira das Naus is the quayside area between the Praça do Comércio and the Cais do Sodré train station. The views over the river and the bridge beyond make an ideal spot to take a break, sip a lemonade, cocktail or beer, and take in the atmosphere. No surprises then that this kiosk can get crowded. There's usually a hum of activity and live music during the weekends and evenings. During the day, the terrace is a sun trap and a great spot for sunbathing. During the even, it's a perfect spot to watch the sunset. On the menu, there is a selection of pizzas, sandwiches and sweet pastries. | 201, 202, 758, 782, Cais do Sodré
Week: 12h00 – 22h00, Weekends: 10h00 – 13h00
5 Avenida Ribeira das Naus, Lisboa, Lisboa, 1200-000, Portugal. | 38° 42' 19.6" N | 09° 08' 29.1" W
+351 917 427 013
This small square has tranquillity that betrays its turbulent past. Its Pombaline buildings and the 18th-century fountain were built to replace the devastated buildings which crumbled during the 1755 earthquake. Left unrestored as a monument to the tragedy, the ruins of the Carmo Convent is located on the north side. In the heart of the square is the delightful fountain of (Chafariz do) Carmo. It was erected here in 1796. The Jacarandas trees occupying the perimeter come from South America. During May and June, they bathe the square in beautiful purple blossoms.
Quiosque do Carmo
There is an extensive café and bar menu. The star of the menu is the nicely cooked seafood risotto, octopus and cod. The desserts are great to share, such as the parfait, pudding and gâteau. The Quiosque do Carmo is also a great location to start an evening with a delicious sangria, port beer or wine.
Daily: 11h00 – 02h00
1 Largo do Carmo, 1200-092 Lisboa, Portugal. | 38° 42' 41.9" N | 09° 08' 26.2" W
+351 916 348 056